Actors Bandô Takesaburô I ? as ??, Onoe Kikujirô II as Chaya musume Oume (R), Nakayama Ichizô I? as Author Segawa Kisaragi, Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Author ? (C) and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Actor Tamazawa Rinya, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Nakahataraki (L)

通人☆舎<1>坂東竹三郎ヵ、茶屋娘お梅<2>尾上菊次郎 作者瀬川如皐<1>中山市蔵ヵ、作者津打半左衛門<4>坂東彦三郎 俳優玉沢林弥<3>岩井粂三郎、中はたらき米吉<4>市川小団次

Japanese
Edo period
1851 (Kaei 4)
Artist Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III) (Japanese, 1786–1864), Publisher Ebisuya Shôshichi (Kinshôdô) (Japanese)


Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.6 x 74.1 cm (14 x 29 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.43995a-c

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

An imaginary street scene featuring actors who appeared at the Nakamura theater in 1851.
画中の役者は嘉永4年度中村座に一座するが該当する上演なし。
 [画題等][役者配役]☆は山遍に来旁。[上演]行事印により月、要確認。

Signed

Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right and left sheets), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on center sheet)
香蝶楼豊国画 一陽斎豊国画

Markings

Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark
改印:衣笠、村田、シタ売
彫師:なし

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection